|May 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm #5375|
Controversy is raging over the proposed construction of the Tuem-Camurlim bridge with locals opposing land acquisition for broadening the approach roads to the bridge.
With locals opposing the land acquisition, MLA Laxmikant Parsekar recently convened a meeting with the concerned locals and the panchayat body to explain to them the importance of the bridge.
In spite of this meeting, locals are still apprehensive about the government plans. Earlier, locals had recently convened a meeting at Bhomwada in Tuem to express their opposition to the 30 meter wide approach road without taking locals into confidence. At this meeting the concerned citizens formed a committee ‘ Tuem Bachao Nagrik Kruti samitee’ to fight the land acquisition without taking locals into the confidence.
They said that the Tuem villagers have very bad experience with regards to the land acquisition and compensation given by the state government.
“The proposed land acquisition without any intimation to the locals is not acceptable. I am with the people and will oppose the land acquisition for the 30 meter wide road,” said local panch Suhas Naik.
A local, Dayanand Mandrekar, said that the government had earlier acquired land for the Tuem industrial estate without taking locals into confidence and they were provided with low rates of compensation.
Health minister and Mandrem MLA Laxmikant Parsekar has assured that the construction of two bridges will be taken up in the Mandrem constituency on priority basis. One bridge will connect Tiracol to Keri on the river Tiracol, work on which has already started, and the Tuem-Camurlim bridge will be built on the river Chapora.
Parsekar said that construction of the Tuem-Camurlim bridge will be taken up on priority to attract good and job-oriented industries, like pharmaceutical units, at the Tuem industrial estate to generate employment avenues to unemployed youths in Pernem taluka.
Sources said that signature bridge connecting Camurlim with Tuem will have a tunnel on the side of Camurlim.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Locals oppose widening of approach roads to Tuem bridge“